The Centre for Creative Arts, Cultures and Engagement (CREATURE) brings together interdisciplinary research in the creative arts, its practice, cultural impact and societal engagement. CREATURE hosts a range of disciplines, including art and design practices (creative writing, digital arts, fashion and textile, interior design, music, performance arts, photography, visual arts), histories and visual material culture. Drawing on our School of Art, Architecture and Design’s tradition of cross-disciplinary studio practice and collaboration, CREATURE members are uniquely placed to study the changing nature of the creative arts with new aesthetics, creative processes of making and theorising, and understanding of cultural production in an evolving society. Through research, practice, commission and consultancy, CREATURE members have taken the dual role as academic researchers and art/cultural practitioners with many involved in activism, curation, journalism and the creative and cultural industries on a national and international level.
Three research groups sit within CREATURE, each focused on specific topics or area of enquiry:
Public-Face provides a context to develop and disseminate research through public and performative activities, with a particular focus on practices in art, architecture and design.
Making Matters deals with the practices, processes and theories of the creative arts.
Transcultural Exchanges and Network considers cultural interaction, transformation and entanglements in visual and material culture shaped by transcultural and intercultural transactions.
CREATURE Leadership team:
Prof Wessie Ling, CREATURE Director and Transcultural Exchanges and Network Co-ordinator
Dr Jacek Ludwig Scarso, CREATURE Deputy Director and Public-Face Co-ordinator
Simone ten Hompel, Making Matters Co-ordinator
Upcoming research events from CREATURE
Latest news from CREATURE
London Met lecturer delivers keynote at Nobel Peace Center
Dr Anna Marazuela Kim addresses the theme of Culture as a Human Right to open Oslo World 2022, an international festival dedicated to showcasing global artistic and cultural expressions
Anti-Apartheid Legacy: Material Culture, Heritage and Now
London Met alumna Dr Ekua McMorris will develop a project focusing on material culture derived from the Anti-Apartheid Movement, in collaboration with CREATURE and the Liliesleaf Trust.
London Met Professor takes over the Tate Modern shop for winter
Associate Professor Patrick Brill, who goes by the pseudonym Bob and Roberta Smith, has curated the Tate Edit shop space until 2023.
London Met lecturer featured in Venice Design Week
Dr Jacek Ludwig Scarso delivered a speech on his recent work and collaborations in the famous City of Bridges.
Africa Fashion: shifting the geography of global fashion
London Met's Professor Wessie Ling will take part in a conference at the Victoria & Albert Museum, in conjunction with their Africa Fashion exhibition.
London Met course leader to host a roundtable discussion in partnership with The Line and Mind
Dr Jacek Ludwig Scarso, Deputy Director of CREATURE and Course Leader on the Public Art & Performance MA set to host Inside Out Public Art, Nature and Mental Wellbeing discussion.
London Met research project named finalist in prestigious timber industry awards
George Fereday's HomeGrownCabin project is a finalist in the 2022 Structural Timber Awards in the 'Pioneer' category.
Shrine of the Goat: new Live/VR performance work from London Met academic
Running from 10-12 June as part of the London Festival of Architecture, this integrated VR performance asks what would happen if goats were to outlive - or replace - humans.
Making Matters - The Exhibition
5 - 13 May 2022
First exhibition by the Making Matters research group features work by thirteen members of staff and PhD students from the School of Art, Architecture and Design.
The Vanished East End
7 - 28 April 2022
The Brady Arts Centre to host exhibition of photography of London's East End in the 1970s and 1980s including work from London Met's East End Archive.
Book launch: Appropriate(d) Interiors
Taking place 23 March at 5pm
A book launch for the latest publication in Pratt Institute’s series Interior Provocations will feature discussion from Dr Harriet McKay from London Met's CREATURE Research Centre.
Out on an Island
A free event explored the themes behind a new book about the Isle of Wight's Hidden LGBTQ+ History.
Raising the cost of Putin's war: soft power and the fight for Ukraine
It is vital for the international community to raise their voices in universal condemnation of the horrific violation of human rights in Ukraine, writes Dr Anna Marazuela Kim.
Celebrating the voices and local community of Thamesmead
27 January- 2 October 2022
Work by artist and London Met Fine Art Professor Bob and Roberta Smith celebrates the voices and local community of Thamesmead.